Biden on his first overseas visit for G7 summit

Biden on his first overseas visit for G7 summit

President Joe Biden just laughed when a reporter asked if he believes the few hours he will spend with Vladimir Putin next week will instantly change the mercurial Russian president's behavior.

"They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and every responsible nation should take action against the criminals who are conducting them and should not harbor them in any way", Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters traveling with Biden on Air Force One on Wednesday.

In a speech Biden made to USA troops at a British air base Wednesday, he said he wants to show the world that "America is back".

President Joe Biden speaks to American service members at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. During meetings and conversations with world leaders, President Biden will stress the importance of working with allies to confront challenges presented by Russian Federation and China.

"We're not seeking conflict with Russian Federation", he said at RAF Mildenhall. Biden is embarking on the first overseas trip of his term, and is eager to reassert the United States on the world stage, steadying European allies deeply shaken by his predecessor and pushing democracy as the only bulwark to the rising forces of authoritarianism.

As he left for Europe, Biden told reporters he planned on announcing a vaccine plan for the world. The U.S. has vaccinated more than half of its adult population, but impoverished countries are trailing far behind that level of inoculation.

Biden's speech reflected the overall theme for his trip: "America is here to lead with strength".

U.S. President Joe Biden looks on as First Lady Jill Biden addresses USA military personnel at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall Wednesday, June 9, 2021. During Biden's first visit as president to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters, the allies are likely to project a unified front.

The Geneva summit will see Putin and Biden meet in person for the first time since Biden's inauguration.

'Throughout Donald Trump's presidency, publics around the world held the United States in low regard, with most opposed to his foreign policies. And what might this trip reveal about Biden's foreign policy doctrine and what we can expect of USA global standing in the years to come?

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony to unveil a monument to Russian Emperor Alexander III of Russia, in Gatchina, about 45 kilometers south of St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 5, 2021. "Joe Biden is not meeting with Vladimir Putin despite our countries' differences; he's meeting with him because of our countries' differences".

Trump held Putin blameless of allegations that Russian Federation intruded in the 2016 US presidential election to help Trump's election victory. Each country has expelled some of the other's diplomats from Moscow and Washington.

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